Defense of the Realm (1985) 720p YIFY Movie

Defense of the Realm (1985)

A reporter Mullen 'stumbles' on a story linking a prominent Member of Parliament to a KGB agent. In fact it is also linked to a near Nuclear disaster involving a teenage runaway and an Americal USAF base. Has there been a Government cover-up,Mullen teams up with Vernon Bayliss, an old hack, and Nina Beckam the MP's assistant to find out the truth. —Matthew Stanfield

IMDB: 6.50 Likes

  • Genre: Thriller |
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 878.91M
  • Resolution: 1280*688 / 24 fpsfps
  • Language: English 2.0  
  • Run Time: 96
  • IMDB Rating: 6.5/10 
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  • Peers/Seeds: 2 / 1

The Synopsis for Defense of the Realm (1985) 720p

A reporter Mullen 'stumbles' on a story linking a prominent Member of Parliament to a KGB agent. In fact it is also linked to a near Nuclear disaster involving a teenage runaway and an Americal USAF base. Has there been a Government cover-up,Mullen teams up with Vernon Bayliss, an old hack, and Nina Beckam the MP's assistant to find out the truth. —Matthew Stanfield


The Director and Players for Defense of the Realm (1985) 720p

[Director]David Drury
[Role:]Greta Scacchi
[Role:]Denholm Elliott
[Role:]Gabriel Byrne


The Reviews for Defense of the Realm (1985) 720p


Conspiracy of terrorReviewed byPrismark10Vote: 9/10

First of all I will explain why I have given this low budget, little known thriller such a high rating.

The film is set in the mid 1980s. At the time in the United Kingdom we had what seemed like almost daily assaults on our civil liabilities.

We had gone through a painful recession and unemployment was over 3 million people. There was Sectarianism in Northern Ireland leading to regular terrorist incidents, there had been curbs in trade union rights and dismantling of the industrial landscape.

We had a Tory government that had a 'them and us' mentality, which was close to Ronald Reagan's USA and were keen to maintain US nuclear missiles in the UK.

There were rumours that the security service and parts of the police were out of control and being used for cover ups, including destabilising supposed enemies of the state. We had gone through a year long miners strike where the media deliberately edited news footage to show striking miners to be aggressors when it was not true. So we had the the police, armed forces, media, security services all dancing to the tune of the government of the day.

The film very much plays on this atmosphere and comes up with a taut thriller steeped in paranoia. Its very much of its time and very anti establishment.

After an incident involving a nuclear bomber at an American Air Force base in England, Dennis Markham (Ian Bannen), a prominent politician and American nuclear bases is forced by the media to resign after a liaison with a woman who is also having a thing with an East European.

The journalist who was involved in this scoop Nick Mullen (Gabriel Byrne) later suspects that Markham might have been framed and that he was being used. When his colleague Vernon Bayliss (Denholm Elliott) dies in mysterious circumstances suspects something more sinister and finds evidence of a cover up about the nuclear plane incident however government forces are out to stop him.

This is a noirish conspiracy thriller with first rate acting from the cream of British character actors such as Ian Bannen, Denholm Elliott, Fulton Mackay. Greta Scacchi provides the glamour.

Gabriel Byrne relishes the chance to play a hero and get to the truth. However the film has a twist up its sleeve. The establishment will not give in easily.

So-so, bit hard to followReviewed byMarlburianVote: 6/10

It seemed quite promising, but was hard to follow in places, not helped by one or two outdoor scenes not transforming well onto a TV screen. I'd recorded it, so on several occasions was able to rewind to have another go at understanding it. It might help if I was to watch the entire film again from start to finish, but I can't be bothered. As I understand it, a youth fleeing from the police clambers over a very nasty looking fence onto the runway of an American air base and gets killed by an aircraft that's landing with a nuclear bomb on board. This precipitates an emergency exodus from the base. Cue cover-up, investigated by local MP who gets set up, leading to investigation by reporter.

Byrne does well as the reporter, but as is often the case Denholm Elliott impresses the most. Greta Scacchi is very bland.

tight and watchable thriller disappoints at the endReviewed bydidi-5Vote: 6/10

With a mouthwatering cast (Gabriel Byrne, Denholm Elliott, Fulton Mackay, David Calder, Ian Bannen, Greta Sacchi, etc.) this film promises a lot and more or less delivers. Set in a newsroom against the backdrop of political scandal and cover-ups, 'Defence of the Realm' keeps you watching and keeps you guessing.

It is a shame that the ending is a bit of a let-down, coming far too abruptly and leaving the viewer cheated of a really tight finale. But it is a minor grumble, and although this film is far from a classic there is much to recommend it. And incidentally, good use of music at the moments where a bit of tension is needed.

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